Don’t buy that one yet if you’re not sure. Don’t be fooled and let me teach you the right attitude you’ll be needing when buying a catamaran.
DO: Research with due diligence
There are tons of websites out there selling catamarans in the Philippines. In every site, each has juicy facts to tell about the boat. However, don’t get lured by phony and overpromising specs written on the website. Schedule an ocular inspection. Have an actual assessment and check if the information you’ve read on the website tells the truth. Expect this to be a lengthy process as you would likely invest time and money.
DO: Buy a catamaran that you can manage
No matter how large and luxurious your catamaran is, if you can’t handle or maintain it on your own, it is not worth it. You absolutely didn’t get value for your money. Don’t just choose a catamaran because of its appearance or cost. Consider also the level of experience you have as a sailor. As advised by Multi Hulls World, “when buying a catamaran, it is critical to make sure you can handle it and to know that it will not prove too daunting to sail or maintain.”
DO: Decide how you’re going to use it
Is it for racing? You know the rule: the lighter the boat the faster it can sail. Or do you simply want to go for a cruise around the Philippines in a catamaran. Whatever floats your boat, see to it your cat (short for catamaran) is designed for it. A sailmagazine.com article suggests checking the sinkage ratio, where you’re able to know “how many pounds it takes to sink an inch.” Also, you can assure the safety of what or who is on board by knowing this important figure.
DON’T: Choose a cat you’re incompatible with
Yes, there is such thing going on between a sailor and his boat. This is one of the mistakes you should not make based on an article in Multi Hulls World. It says there that if you can’t “‘connect with her’ when you are sailing” and you do not “enjoy living aboard,” better move on to the next cat on your list.
DON’T: Buy the largest and cheapest cat in the market
At first, it seems you hit the jackpot because you did not only buy the largest cat but it is within your budget, too. Perfect!—or not? When you’re in doubt, Multi Hulls World recommends getting “the smallest and newest catamaran to serve your needs and budget.” Be wary of ads with “cheap” or “bargain” for it. You will never know what sort of “retrofitting” they made just to make it saleable and presentable to a buyer’s eyes.
DON’T: Choose a cat with low bridge deck clearance
The Multihull Source defines it as “the distance off the water surface of the connections between the hulls (bridge decks/wings).” One of the distinguishable characteristics of a cat is it has two hulls. It is natural that waves slam on the bridge deck. However, it is uncomfortable and disturbing to hear constant slamming due to a low bridge deck clearance. So, the basic rule is “a higher clearance produces less slamming,” as told in an article on Catamaran Guru.
Upon knowing the do’s and don’ts best to know what a catamaran beforehand.